Welcome to the Rochester Area
Chapter of The Compassionate Friends 
 
Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

On the second Sunday of December, chapters around the world hold their candle lighting service. Join with other families and friends at 7 p.m. to remember all of our children that have left us too soon.  Join us at 6 p.m. with a social hour prior to the candle lighting program to follow at 6:45 p.m. 
 
Please bring a picture of your child to place on the memory board for the evening. This special night will include poems, stories, and readings and a Powerpoint presentation.  We will speak our children`s names as we light a candle in their memory. There will be refreshments in the gathering hall. If you wish, please bring cookies to share. If you want your loved one to be remembered in that presentation, please contact Ron Hanson (507-358-7955 or mail to: (rhanson2410@gmail.comwho creates the presentation each year. If you would like to share a short story or a favorite poem, please contact one of our Chapter Leaders several days before the event.
 
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.
Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 22nd annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone.
 
 

This year's Candle Lighting Ceremony is 
 December 9, 2018 at 6 p.m. - Social Hour
6:45 Candle Lighting Program
Peace United Church of Christ
1503 2nd Ave NE
Rochester, MN 55906 

 

 
 
 
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